New study sheds light on novel exercise treatment for common form of cardiovascular disease

Weight training—also called resistance training—can help people with peripheral artery disease reduce painful symptoms like muscle cramps during walking, a study by UNSW medical researchers recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has shown. In people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a build-up of plaque in the arteries—caused Continue Reading

Toddler leaves hospital for first time thanks to novel approach to treatment

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the most common illness that develops in babies born premature with underdeveloped lungs. A chronic disease that may present long-term breathing problems and can be fatal, there is no cure for BPD. However, new data released in 2017 shows a ventilation protocol developed at Nationwide Children’s Continue Reading

Water treatment cuts parasitic roundworm infections affecting 800 million people

Roundworm infections can be reduced significantly simply by improving the treatment and quality of drinking water in high risk regions, according to an international team of researchers led by Tufts University. The discovery emerged from a two-year study, published in PloS Medicine, which examined the effects of water quality, sanitation, Continue Reading

Experimental treatment slows prion disease, extends life of mice

Scientists using an experimental treatment have slowed the progression of scrapie, a degenerative central nervous disease caused by prions, in laboratory mice and greatly extended the rodents’ lives, according to a new report in JCI Insight. The scientists used antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), synthetic compounds that inhibit the formation of specific Continue Reading

Psychotherapy should be first-line treatment for depression in young people, trial finds

Young people seeking support for depression should be offered psychotherapy as the first line of treatment, a clinical trial by researchers at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has found. Associate Professor Christopher Davey, head of mood disorder research at Orygen, said the clinical trial results Continue Reading

Smoking impedes embolization treatment in lungs

Smoking reduces the chances of a successful procedure to treat blood vessel abnormalities in the lungs, according to a study published in the journal Radiology. Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) are abnormal connections between arteries and veins in the lungs. The abnormalities can become symptomatic and lead to potentially dangerous complications. Continue Reading